North Thames Region

The North Thames region is one of 13 regions in BGS England and all of North London Boroughs inside the M25 including Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, City of Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Enfield, Barnet and Havering host the highest rate of care homes per 100k >65year old population (84, 83, 80 respectively), much higher than the London average of 56; in Barnet there are 47 care homes for older people. Whilst in contrast, Hackney and Hammersmith and Fulham have just 18 and 20 care homes per 100k >65year old population; and in both boroughs there are just 4 care homes for older people (2019).

As well as the varying age demographic of this region, North Thames has a culturally diverse elderly population and a passionate community of healthcare professionals committed to improving the care of older people.

Please see the interactive map showcasing the acute hospitals in our region, however please note this does not include the many valuable primary care, mental health, voluntary, social and private sector services in the area from which we have and encourage members.

The North Thames region aims to hold regional educational meetings and send e-bulletins regularly throughout the year to exchange and share ideas, research, quality improvement and best practice policies from across the region. All BGS members are welcome to attend any regional meeting around the UK.

Each region has elected officers who serve a minimum two-year term. One of the officers represents the region on the BGS England Council to discuss workforce and policy issues which affect healthcare of older people in England. Members are encouraged to self-nominate should they wish to stand for any of the vacant officers' posts, just please ensure that if you live or work in the region you are assigned to North Thames to be eligible.


Get involved

There are multiple ways to get involved with your BGS region:

  • Submit content for your a [dot] graham [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: E-bulletin) (regional e-bulletin) promoting local initiatives, research and learning opportunities, prizes and grants and members' work. Help us spread the word about the good work in your region by sharing content recommendations with us.
  • Write a blog or a newsletter article to promote the work and initiatives of your region. Contact ourpr [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk ( PR Manager for Blogs )and our editor [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Editor for the Newsletter) to find out more.
  • Help organise a meeting. By joining the committee, you will have the chance to influence the topics covered at future meetings and help create the best programme to enable colleagues to improve the delivery of high-quality healthcare to older people. Contact your local region officer or email registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk to express your interest
  • Opt in to the member’s directory to see and interact with colleagues across the region and even within your workplace that you might not have known have the same interest and passion for geriatrics